Two Republican Congressmen sent a letter to Sec. Mike Pompeo asking why the US Department of State only reported 101 terror attacks of the 1,300-1,400 terror attacks reported in Israel throughout 2019.
WASHINGTON – The Department of State should reexamine its human rights reports, saying they cite only a tenth of Palestinian acts of violence that official Israeli sources report for the same period, two Republican congressmen said.
Doug Lamborn and David McKinley sent a letter to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, indicating in their letter that according to the department’s 2019 report, Palestinians committed 101 acts of violence against Israelis in the West Bank. Continue Reading »
Addressing Hizbollah’s activities in Central, South America, the US Secretary of State praised Colombia, Honduras, and Guatemala for designating the Iran-backed Hizbollah as a terrorist organization.
By Elad Benari
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday praised Colombia, Honduras and Guatemala which designated Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.
In a post on Twitter, Pompeo wrote that Hezbollah “and other transnational terrorist groups remain active in the region. The US continues to rally international support to counter these threats.”
Mike Pompeo speaking to rally outside the US Capitol. – Photo: Wikimedia,Mark Taylor
The three countries designated Hezbollah as a terrorist organization in the context of the regional anti-terrorism conference currently being held in the Colombian capital of Bogota. Continue Reading »
WATCH: US Secretary of State Pompeo said the Trump administration is “disavowing the deeply flawed” Carter-era memorandum, saying the US is returning to a more “balanced” policy, “It’s important to speak the truth…We are recognizing that settlements do not inherently violate international law.”
The US rejects a 1978 memo determining that Israeli settlements in the West Bank violate international law, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday in a video statement to the Kohelet Forum’s conference on his settlement policy.
Pompeo said the US is “disavowing the deeply flawed” the Carter-era memorandum, written by then-State Department Legal Adviser Herbert Hansell, which called all Israeli settlements beyond the 1949 armistice lines to be illegal. Continue Reading »
Israel’s PM Netanyahu thanks White House following Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s pronouncement that Israeli civilian settlements in Judea & Samaria are not illegal under int’l law, then urged Palestinians to hold final status talks. – Palestinian leadership reiterates how Trump administration has forfeited any future role in peace process.
Israel on Monday welcomed the U.S. decision to no longer view its settlements in areas captured in 1967 as illegal, but said that it would . remain ready to negotiate a final status agreement with Israel
Netanyahu also maintained that the settlements were a matter to be decided by the Israeli courts. Continue Reading »
Following the visit to Beirut by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the speaker of Lebanon’s parliament indicated Lebanon was prepared to settle its maritime border dispute with Israel, but under the supervision of the U.N.
– UPDATE – Trump calls to “fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights.”
The historic and politicly significant announcement is likely to be made while PM Netanyahu will be in Washington next week at a meeting with President Trump at the White House, or during his address at the annual AIPAC conference.
By AP and Ynet Staff
Israeli and American officials say they expect an announcement on US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights as soon as next week, when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits Washington. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the information had not yet been made public. Continue Reading »
In its annual global human rights report dealing with the Golan Heights, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, for the first time ever, the US State Department referred to the ‘disputed territories’ as “Israeli controlled” instead of Israel “occupied.”
For the first time, the US State Department on Wednesday referred to the disputed Golan Heights as “Israeli controlled” instead of Israel “occupied” as well as dropping the phrases “occupied territories” and “under occupation” from the sections of its annual global human rights report dealing with the Golan Heights, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
In the case of the Golan Heights, captured by Israel in the 1967 war, the report classifies the mountainous region on the border between Israel and Syria as “Israeli-controlled” instead of “Israeli-occupied,” as it has read in past years. Continue Reading »
The leading diplomat and official PA peace negotiation team leader urges the international community to boycott the new Palestinian Affairs Unit inside the Jerusalem Embassy, which was created to consolidate & expedite requests by taking over the responsibilities of the (now closed) U.S. Consulate, that was also located in the Israeli capital.
By Elad Benari
Top Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Saeb Erekat on Thursday urged the international community to boycott the newly created US Embassy unit that will handle relations with Palestinian Arabs, The Associated Press reported.
The US this week merged its embassy and consulate in Jerusalem. The move followed an announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in October that the US would be shuttering the consulate facility in eastern Jerusalem, and would incorporate the services provided there in the US embassy on Agron Street. Continue Reading »
Russia Today reports US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo telling the Iraqi PM that the US will not prevent Israel’s Air Force from attacking Iranian targets in Iraq.
By Elad Benari
The United States has told Iraq that it will not intervene if Israel attacks Iranian targets in the country, Russia Today’s Arabic-language news service reported on Thursday.
The network, which cited an unnamed Iraqi government official, said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo conveyed the message during his meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi in Baghdad last week.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.
A Turkish news agency reports that the Islamic Republic canceled a scheduled Polish film week two days after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Fox News that Poland was hosting a U.S. sponsored summit, aimed at discussing Iran’s regional, disruptive influence.
By Elad Benari
Iran on Sunday cancelled a week dedicated to display Polish films, which was scheduled to take place in February, in protest over Poland’s hosting of an anti-Islamic Republic summit.
Hossein Entezami, the director of the Cinema Organization, said that the activity has been suspended, reported the Turkish Anadolu news agency.
Polish films had been scheduled to be shown in February in the cities of Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz and Mashahd. Continue Reading »
In a speech to the American University in Cairo Secretary of State Pompeo said, “Remember: It was here, here in this very city, another American stood before you… told you that radical Islamist terrorism does not stem from ideology,” believing the former US president purposely ignored the growth of Hezbollah in Lebanon at the detriment of Israel’s security.
By Associated Press
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a scathing rebuke of the Obama administration’s Mideast policies on Thursday as he denounced the former president for “misguided” and “wishful” thinking that diminished America’s role in the region, harmed its longtime friends and emboldened its main foe: Iran. Continue Reading »
U.S. demands Israel remove all its sophisticated electronics and radar system avionics it added to the US made F-16 fighter jets it bought from Washington some 30 years ago, but the Israeli technological upgrades were crucial in Croatia’s decision to purchase the fighters from Israel over models directly from the U.S.
By Associated Press
Croatia on Thursday urged Israel to overcome a rare disagreement with the U.S. and confirm whether it can carry through on a deal to sell 12 used F-16 fighter jets, adding that otherwise the purchase will be annulled.
Croatia’s Defense Ministry said it needs an answer from Israel by January 11. Continue Reading »
In a Brasilia meeting with the Israeli leader, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured PM Netanyahu that the Trump administration is working on plans to make the American troop pull-out from Syria as non-disruptive for Israeli security as possible.
By Itamar Eichner
Israel got “almost everything it asked for” when U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo granted “seven out of eight” requests made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting in Brasília on Tuesday, according to a senior source in Jerusalem.
The prime minister told the press ahead of the meeting—held in Brazil’s capital after the inauguration of the country’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro—the main topics of discussion, the withdrawal of U.S. Continue Reading »
In an uncharacteristic move for the most pro-Israel administration, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appears to be working hard to obstruct an October law that would compensate families of American victims of Palestinian terrorism, according to web-based political journalism website Talking Points Memo.
If the Trump administration is viewed as one of the most pro-Israel administrations ever, why would it reportedly bend over backward to block a new law that would advance compensating the families of American victims of Palestinian terrorism from the Second Intifada?
Last week, Matt Lee of Talking Points Memo reported that the Trump administration, led by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is working hard to repeal, delay or amend an October law on the issue. Continue Reading »
US decision to merge its Jerusalem embassy and the consulate that was primarily used by the Arab residents, is not tied to a change on Jerusalem’s final status, but rather, “to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our [State Department] operations.”
By JTA, Arutz Sheva Staff
The U.S. embassy in Jerusalem and the U.S. consulate in eastern Jerusalem, which primarily serves Palestinian-Americans, will merge, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. – Photo: U.S. Department of State
The diplomatic mission will be located at the embassy site on Agron Street in the center of Jerusalem, according to the announcement issued on Thursday. Continue Reading »
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